Our sweet baby girl is 5 months old and what a fun age this is! Addison now spends most of her time on her belly. She flips right over from her back and then stays there. She is getting better as of this week at flipping back over to her back, but she still isn't doing it consistently. She instead pushes up on her arms and looks around and plays with toys if we put them in front of her. She also gets up on her knees with her little butt up in the air and scooches backwards a lot. Addison sleeps on her belly a lot now, too, and when I have checked on her, I find her with her little arms folded under her and her butt up in the air. So cute! We started putting her "lovey" in her crib with her and she does sometimes wake up and play with it in there. Addison started playing in the jumperoo in the last couple of weeks and really likes to bounce in there. Gosh, she is getting too big! She is getting good at grabbing toys and bringing them to her mouth and can now hold a toy in each hand and alternate chewing on them.
Addison still gets up twice to eat before wake up time in our house. She usually gets up around 2am and then again around 6 or 7am. Because we need to keep both babies on the same schedule, we don't let them get out of bed until around 8am. That starts the day on a good schedule and ensures (usually) that they nap at the same time. So, when Addison gets up between 6 and 7am to eat and wants to wake up for the day, I have had to put her back to bed in order to get her on a better schedule. It's hard for me to lay her back down in the morning because she is being SO cute - cooing, smiling and kicking those legs. Her eyes are wide with excitement for her day and if I didn't have two babies' schedules to consider, she would certainly have me playing with her at that time:). She has done a great job the last couple of days in going back to sleep, even though I know she would rather stay up and play. She is just too sweet. Addison also started cereal yesterday. She is NOT a fan. She makes very disgusted faces and spits it out. We'll just keep trying. Because she tends to "snack" when she nurses and rarely does full feedings during the day, I'd like to start her on baby food sometime this month. I want to be sure she is getting enough calories...and maybe, just maybe, it'll help her sleep longer at night:).
Addison has such a sweet little personality. She is extremely quiet compared to Jackson. She can be playing for 15 minutes happily without making a sound. Jackson has NEVER gone that long without making noise, lol! She is a very serious baby and observes her surroundings very carefully. That is why she doesn't smile for pictures - she is too busy checking out the camera, light, flash, etc. Addison very rarely has "melt downs" and most often just screeches and whines until she gets what she wants - which is usually some attention or to just be put down for a nap because she is tired. She seems to be very even tempered and it is great! We are able to disrupt her schedule at times and she generally can just go with the flow. Addy is such an amazing joy. I can't wait to get her out of her crib each day to hug her and kiss her and squeeze her. We love her so, so much.
Happy 5 months, princess!